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Freda's Diaries - August 1943

Aug 1st


Usual services. Mr Caucherson -an African spoke


Aug 2nd


My relief arrived. RAF dance at New England .I met a lot of ex - patients, had a grand time


Aug 3rd


OCU meeting Mr Herbert spoke of China


Aug 7th


Picnic at Lumley 8 of us. Will took us in his car. Finished duty altogether. Went to Kennedy's for tea. Pa Birch is down from up country as Mrs Birch is in hospital at Hill Station


Aug 9th


Busy day sewing etc. John Summers farewell do at Loin and Palm


Aug 10th


Walked to town am shopping. Packing in pm Walk to gun turret early evening ,sewing later


Aug 11th


Went to see Mrs Birch -Hill Street Hospital. Chop later at Kennedy's. gave Mrs K a leather bag, babies a towel. Very pleasant evening


Aug 14th


Heard we were standing by -24 hours Had a ride in a Bren gun carrier


Aug 15th


In bed all day, tummy palaver


Aug 16th


Finished packing, Jack came up in the evening and roped over our trunks. 6 airmails arrived


Aug 17th


Up at 6pm. Packing valise. Kit gone at last. Party at Wlls in the evening and ride to Lumley in the rain


Aug 18th


Sewing all day jack came up in the evening, gave Win and I a tie pin, elephant palm. Last goodbye


Aug 19th


Up at 6.30. Goodbyes. Embarked 8.15 Leslie, Will, Srgt Joe saw us off. In cabin with May Grant and Mollie Green a Dutch ship


Aug 21st


First boat drill. A crowd came on board from 51st. tea dance daily. Sat in lounge reading. Bed early


Aug 22nd


Up early .Service by RAF padre 10.00am Throwing pennies to Africans as more came on board. Boat drill at 4.30pm


Aug 23rd


Sewing and ironing am. Boat drill 9.45am. Walked round decks. Drink in lounge. Shown African silver by an Officer


Aug 24th


Sailed today at 1.pm rushed up from chop to see last of Freetown. Feeling not too good by evening, bed early


Aug 25th


Usual boat drill. Feeling sea sick all day, down to all meals. Bed in afternoon. Sitting on deck later. Brains Trust in evening


Aug 26th


Weather still warm. Boat drill. Usual day, drink in lounge am bed afternoon, tea dance, evening RAF  show which was quite good. Firing practices


Aug 27th


Boat drill, windy day watched flying fish and porpoises. Went down to baggage room am. Appointment to see hairdresser for 2pm tomorrow. Into home uniform. Tea dance


Aug 28th


Sea rougher, missed breakfast. Up for boat drill. Hairdresser at 2,(7/6) Reading and sleeping most of day


Aug 29th


Service at 10am. Sea calmer, sun shining, writing letters and reading. Pianoforte recital by naval steward


Aug 30th

 

Sewing and reading. Rumours of Gibraltar, clocks forward 2hours


Aug 31st


Saw Gibraltar 8am and sunrise. Invited to drinks by R.N. officers, did not go. Display of ? depth charges. Aircraft about -wonderful sight